The Signs and Causes of Ascent and Descent of the Uterus
Ascent causes a painful swelling of the stomach, faintness and lightness of the heart, and tiring breathlessness: descent burdens the anus and pudenda of the woman. The urine is not easily expelled and the woman abhors sexual congress, for the fire burns less fiercely than before. The burdens of repeated pregnancy, a fall or blow or widely spreading humour: all these relax the ligaments, so that the uterus is now at large and may ascend or descend, to get pleasure from those things it most desires or to retreat from what is displeasing. Thus the stomach rejects what is not to its taste and willingly accepts pleasurable food.